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Visitng my doctor today, I overheard him talking to another patient. She was upset about partial birth abortion (don't know why). He explained the process and said it was killing babies. He's Catholic, so that may have something to do with it. I meant to talk to him, but when he visited with me, we had other things to discuss.

I have a friend who had a partial birth abortion as the fetus was dead. If there was a partial birth abortion law prohibiting it, she would have had to carry that dead fetus to term. She and her husband still felt he was their baby - they named him and everything. They mourned his death. But they don't feel guilt; just sorrow. They did nothing wrong. The fetus had a genetic disorder which killed it in-vitro. There are many reasons why partial birth abortions happen. Carrying a dead fetus and other situations could threaten the woman's life. Women have been attacked repeatedly in recent political debates. No birth control? More unwanted pregnancies. Do we really want to make those steps backward? Apparently some people do. My doctor even suggested who she should vote for: Santorum.

Then when I went shopping, the woman who pulled up next to me commented on my Obama sticker with a grimace and sarcastic remark. We're in a liberal state and relatively liberal area; apparently this shows that we'll have to fight. Obama is not a shoe-in.

Think Obama didn't accomplish enough? Check out this list of 90 accomplishments. Here is the top ten on their list:

1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending
2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices
3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women
4. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq [apparently this is an old list; they're all back now]
5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB
6 Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information
7. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier’s family
8. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act
9. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible
10. Limits on lobbyist’s access to the White House

On this page, there's a comment about his accomplishments:
“The President knows it better than anyone: this campaign is about my community. We have to make sure that the work we do is relevant to the issues that matter most here: the auto industry, education and access to affordable health care. It’s talking about these kind of changes President Obama has made that will get people to the polls.”

This article says of his 2nd term: "The most important fact of Obama’s reelection campaign is that, if he wins, the single most important accomplishment of his second term would be protecting the gains of his first term. If he wins, the Affordable Care Act — barring a truly unexpected ruling from the Supreme Court — becomes the law of the land. If he wins, Dodd-Frank becomes the law on Wall Street. If he loses, both policies are likely to either be rolled back or hollowed out." Unfortunately, "He would not enjoy anything like the congressional majorities of his first two years again. He is likely to face a Republican House or a Republican Senate or both." That's been Obama's biggest problem.

This site also names:
  • Obama has overhauled the food safety system
  • Advanced women's rights in the work place
  • Ended Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) in our military
  • Stopped defending DOMA in court.
  • Passed the Hate Crimes bill.
  • Appointed two pro-choice women to the Supreme Court.
  • Expanded access to medical care and provided subsidies for people who can't afford it.
  • Expanded the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Fixed the preexisting conditions travesty [and rescissions] in health insurance.
  • Invested in clean energy.
  • Overhauled the credit card industry, making it much more consumer-friendly.
  • While Dodd-Frank bill was weak in many respects, it was still an extremely worthwhile start at re-regulating the financial sector.
  • He created a Elizabeth Warren's dream agency: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • He's done a lot for veterans
  • He got help for people whose health was injured during the clean-up after the 9/11 attacks.
So GET OUT TO VOTE & TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO DO THE SAME. IT'S AN IMPORTANT ELECTION! See when your primaries are and who and what will be on your ballots.


Mar. 6th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
Doctors & Politics
I would rather write him a letter telling him my friend's story or trying to remember to bring it up next time. He's a great doctor in all other aspects. But even doctors are ignorant of some things. "Killing babies" seems contrary to what doctors want to do. He's not my gyn - he's in general practice (holistic).

Thanks for the concern, though.